Doctor of Ministry

Stirling has partnered with Abilene Christian University, Texas, to provide the Doctor of Ministry program.


3 years full-time or equivalent part-time


Self-directed / Face-to-face

Total cost

TBA (At 2022 fees)

Next intake


Course Overview.

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance your practice as a ministerial leader. We offer tools to sharpen your leadership skills, refine your theological reflection, and nurture the deep spiritual formation necessary to sustain a God-shaped ministry in diverse cultural contexts. Combining academic rigour with praxis, the D.Min. serves scholar-practitioners in a wide array of leadership roles such as congregational ministry, missions, church planting, chaplaincy and non-profit organizations. The program is flexible, with residency periods occurring just twice a year. This allows you to attend classes for only brief periods each year while still remaining rooted in your home and ministry context. The partnership allows you to complete ACU’s D.Min. degree with only two trips to Abilene, Texas, plus an optional third trip for graduation ceremonies. The remainder of your classes will be offered online or at Stirling’s campus in Melbourne (learn more). Additionally, the program incorporates faculty and thesis advisors from both Stirling and Abilene Christian University.

Dual Enrolment

The Doctor of Ministry program offers 6 dual units with Abilene Christian University and Stirling. These units fulfil the Doctor of Ministry’s ‘ministry elective’ requirement:

  • Christian Leadership Development
  • Christian Spiritual Formation
  • Missional Ecclesiology
  • Leading Change in Christian Organizations
  • Culture, Context, and Community
  • Forming Communities of Faith

Watch the Doctor of Ministry Duel Enrolment video

Have questions about the course or application process?

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*These details relate to domestic students only. For information for overseas students, please contact the Registrar’s Office at

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2022 Intake!

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Applications close 30th January